With ample help from Baltimore’s menacing defense, wrongly maligned quarterback Joe Flacco guided the tougher Ravens to a 28-13 victory over the underachieving New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The 6-foot-6, 245 pound Flacco, who Baltimore took out of the University of Delaware with the 18th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, has now thoroughly outplayed legendary signal-callers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in consecutive playoff weeks.
Flacco, who completed 21-of-36 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in “The Gem of Norfolk County,” will now lead the Ravens against the favored San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Flacco, a 28-year-old who has tossed 102 scores, against 56 interceptions, for 17,633 yards in 80 starts, will inevitably be overlooked by popular San Francisco upstart Colin Kaepernick until the game commences in Nawlins.
The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Kaepernick, who the 49ers chose out of the University of Nevada with the 36th selection in the 2011 draft, has certainly impressed and enlivened, and diversified, San Francisco’s attack.
Despite Kaepernick’s immense success since supplanting a concussed Alex Smith in November, the athletic scrambler is simply not a better field general than Flacco is at this juncture.
Although continually producing in “Charm City,” and being blessed with the strongest arm in the league today, Flacco has often faced brutal criticism for his play.
Cynics, or asinine mouthpieces, discount Flacco’s achievements on the gridiron because he’s been afforded the advantages of performing behind a powerful offensive line with standout running back Ray Rice in the backfield.
Regardless, the former Blue Hen, now owning an 8-4 record in the postseason, is a winner who is more than capable of delivering the Ravens their second title in franchise history next month.
It is now more evident than ever that Flacco has been enormously underrated and disrespected since debuting five seasons ago.
Joe Flacco will finally be heralded as a dominant football player in two weeks and don’t be shocked if the famed Blue Hen is the man screaming, “I’m going to Disney World!”by